CFHS code : AS186

Parish : All Saints

Inscription : In Loving Memory of JOHN GOODLIFFE d Aug 16 1881 aged 33 also of ALICE EMILY his wife d March 19 1884 aged 32 also of their son SYDNEY JOHN GOODLIFFE d March 15 1959 aged 82

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones/Iron rails

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Goodliffe headstone February 2017
Goodliffe inscription February 2017


The grave of John and Alice Goodliffe is on the left. The inscription is still legible.


In Loving Memory of JOHN GOODLIFFE
who fell asleep Aug 16 1881 aged 33 years

Also of ALICE EMILY his wife
who departed this life March 19 1884 aged 32 years

who died March 15 1959 aged 82 years

John Goodliffe (1 March 1848 – 16 August 1881)

John was the son of John and Charlotte (née Beecher) and was baptised at All Saints’ Church on 29 March 1848.  His father was a butcher who died when John was nine years old and in 1861 John was a pupil at the Southwark Industrial School in Micham, Surrey.  He was noted as being an orphan which wasn’t strictly true and his mother Charlotte was living at 26 Sidney Street with two of her four children and had taken over the running of the business.  Aged 23 (1871) John was assisting his mother in the family business and working as a butcher.  He married Alice Spalding on 8 April 1874 at St. Matthew’s Church, Ipswich and the couple had two children: Bessie (1875-1947) and Sydney John (1876-1959).   Alice’s brother William had married John’s sister Martha the previous year.

From 22 April 1876 John was hospitalised at the privately run St. Andrew’s Asylum in Northampton. He died there five years later aged 33 years old.

Alice Emily Goodliffe (née Spalding) (9 June 1851 – 19 March 1884)

Alice was the daughter of William and Betsey  (née Potter) and was born in Ipswich. She was baptised on 6 July 1851 at St. Nicholas’ Church, Ipswich and married John Goodliffe when she was 22 years old.  Whilst John was in hospital Alice ran the butchery business at 26 Sidney Street (taking over from her mother in law Charlotte who had run the business for many years).  She died at Sidney Street aged 32 years old.

Sydney John Goodliffe (16 June 1876 – 15 March 1959)

Sydney was born  after his father had been hospitalised in Northampton and both his parents had died by the time he was 7 years old. He grew up at 8 Park Terrace (1891) with his sister Bessie and was described on the census of that year as a ‘ward’ though it is not clear from the documentation who he was a ward of.

Sydney moved to Canada and in 1901 was farming in New Brunswick.  He married Angeline Augusta Rose Cooke (1879-1952) on 11 April 1902 in Wellington, Ontario and they had at least five sons all of whom were born in Canada: Eric John (1903-1903), Frederick Dunstan (1905-1992), Sydney Arthur (1906-1945), Edmund Philip (1908-1989) and Frank Beecher (1912-1993).  He served as a Captain in the 115th Battalion of the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary force in the 1st World War. From his sign up papers it is known that he had been a member of the 8th Hussars since March 1901.

By at least 1926 Sydney and Angeline had returned to live at 17 Rye Street in Bishop’s Stortford and Sydney worked as a nurseryman/market gardener.  Sydney was still at Rye Street in 1959, but died at the Angene Nursing Home in Winchester aged 82 years old.



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Alice Emily Goodliffe; John Goodliffe; Sydney John Goodliffe